Oct 20, 2014
Top Island

(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) Kiawah Island, South Carolina is ranked the #1 island in the United States and #2 island in the world (Palawan...yes...Palawan in the Philippines took the top global spot) according to the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Kiawah Island is home to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (including the Ocean Course), plus some of the most desirable real estate in the country.  Results of the travel magazine’s annual survey were announced today on the CBS Morning Show, where Kiawah ranked ahead of Maui and Kauai.  “For 40 years, Kiawah has served as the standard for resort communities in the United States which has resulted in Kiawah Island Real Estate selling more than $1 billion in residential real estate in just the past five years,” said Chris Randolph of Kiawah Partners, the Island’s developer.  “Our ability to provide a best-in-class lifestyle as well as our close proximity to Charleston, which is again ranked the top city in the United States, makes Kiawah a truly special place.” The 27th annual edition of the survey saw 77,000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler cast more than one million votes for properties around the world.

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Oct 17, 2014
Two of the Best

It’s been called the finest piece of land anywhere in the Lowcountry. In a region celebrated for its natural beauty, that is praise of the highest kind. Bounded by water on three sides and bordered by a 1,200-acre nature preserve, Colleton River Plantation Club’s setting is a spectacular backdrop for one of the country’s premier private golf communities. (Robert Redford chose this location to film many of the striking golf scenes in his movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.) Even in this golf-rich area, the club’s Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye courses stand out. Both have been honored as having a place among the elite courses in the country. Next year, the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be played here. You, too, can experience the courses and life at Colleton River through their Member experience. Qualified potential members can come stay two nights in a Colleton River Cottage, play a round on each of the Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye courses, sample the cuisine, and enjoy the pool, tennis club and fitness facilities. And if you can’t get enough of the golf, you can also play the Borland Par 3 course. It’s a great way to meet members, maybe make a few new friends, and see how life lives at this top tier private community.

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Oct 15, 2014
Ski Texas?

(GRAND PRAIRIE, TX)  Private communities that offer access to both great golf and skiing are few and far between. Could we soon be adding Dallas to the list of destinations like Tahoe, Telluride, and Jackson Hole? If a developer group, which is building similar projects in Brazil, Malaysia and China, is successful with its most recent proposal, we may soon be enjoying year-round indoor skiing in a 350,000-square-foot snow ski facility in a region better known for sweltering temperatures than powdered snow. The proposed Grand Alps Resort, in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, would also include Texas’ first Hard Rock Hotel, a movie theater, restaurants, and retail shops. The entire project will cost close to $400 million. If the plans are approved and funding is secured, we could be hitting the slopes after a round of golf by Christmas 2017.

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Oct 13, 2014
Strand-ed Courses

MYRTLE BEACH, SC) Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand is famous for the quality and quantity of its golf, but this year has seen the number of courses take a hit. The latest casualty is Heron Point Golf Club, which will close on December 14. The golf course has been struggling to break even and is need of some major capital improvements. For now the course will sit idle, its future uncertain. Houses surround the course and the homeowners association will meet in the next week to discuss the impact the close closure will have on them. Heron Point is the second Strand course to close in 2014. Cypress Bay closed in March after being purchased by Mungo Homes for a planned housing development, according to the local Sun News. Wicked Stick Golf Links is also under sales contract to a housing developer and could close in the near future.

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Oct 10, 2014
Ghost Town Stirring

(MONTVERDE FL) Once hailed as a rival to Isleworth and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Bella Collina, has sat idle since 2007. Dubbed the “Ghost Town,” the luxury golf community already had a Nick Faldo-designed golf course and a $40 million, 50,000-square-foot luxury clubhouse built. Homesites were selling more than $1 million when it started out in 2004 (about 40 homes were built), but the construction crews left when the real estate bubble burst. According to the SunSentinel, “Lakeview lots sold for millions of dollars at the peak but then traded just a few years later for the price of a new Chevy sedan.” Lawsuits followed, promises of a new buyer were rumored, and the ailing community stood still in time. The development was eventually bought by DCS Capital Investments for $10 million in 2012 and work on a fitness center, pool and clay tennis courts was completed. Now construction has begun on new homes. In the coming week they expect to roll out 30 home sites and a new list of custom builders.

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